Clients are accepted at what age?
The legal age to enter into contracts is 19 years old in British Columbia
How long is the procedure?
A consultation and treatment may take 1-3 hours depending on the procedure being performed. A touch-up takes less time. Duration is influenced but the time taken by deciding on colour and shape; the application of topical anesthetics which may require a wait time of 20-30 minutes and the service being performed (eyebrows, eyeliner or lips)
How is pigment implanted?
Pigment is implanted using hand tools for microblading eyebrows and digital machine for eyeliner and lips. The advantages of hand tools for microblading eyebrows are faster, more comfortable, involve less trauma to the skin and healing is quicker .The disadvantage is that the pigment may need an annual refresh. Machines are not as comfortable (for eyeliner and lips) but the pigment is implanted in the upper reticular dermal layer of the skin and colour retention is 2-4 years. A refresh is recommended every 1-2 years
What is a contraindication?
A contraindication is a condition or factor that either renders a medical treatment inadvisable under any circumstances, a hemophiliac, or increases the risks involved in carrying out a medical procedure, a diabetic on the needle.
An absolute contraindication is a condition that renders a medical treatment inadvisable under any circumstance. I will not perform micropigmentation if prospect has any of the following conditions:
- Acne, cuts, would, rash, inflammation, infection or skin disease within 6” of the work area
- Bleeding disorder (Hemophilia)
- Breastfeeding or pregnant
- Coumadin: No lip procedure and only upper or lower eyeliner, not both in the same session to reduce any excessive bleeding or bruising
- Diabetic on the needle
- Estrogen reducing medication like for cancer treatment - pigmentation may not take on the lips
- Graves Disease
- High blood pressure that is not under control
- Hyper-thyroid caused by graves disease
- Keloids scars, history of -erupt wherever the skin is traumatized & spread beyond the injury site
- Liver disease
- Mechanical heart valves require a permanent, steady diet of blood thinners
- MRSA (pronounced MER such) carriers - individuals who have had joint replacement surgery within the last 2 years or are on special antibiotics for dental visits are considered to have MRSA even though they may not be tested unless further surgery is requires
- Mitral valve prolapse or pacemaker - special prescription antibiotics required
- Prednizone can weakened the immune system increasing the risk of infection
- Psoriasis may break out whenever a trauma or injury occurs on the skin
- Scleroderma - autoimmune disease of the connective tissue, this condition increases client sensitivity to the procedure & causes the permanent makeup pigment to fade quickly
*Anyone who has had hip or joint replacement surgery within the last 2 years must obtain physician approval to proceed after that period.
- Discontinue all blood thinning medications and supplements including fish oil or any omega fatty acids, Vitamin E, Niacin, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve 7 days before your procedure. You may take Tylenol if you wish. (No medications should be discontinued without first consulting your physician.)
- Do not work out the day of the procedure.
- No alcohol or caffeine for two days before the procedure. because it reduces the efficacy of topical anesthetics. You may drink 1/2 cup black tea to avoid headaches.
- Please avoid excessive salt and water the day before, day of and 48 hours after a procedure to keep swelling to a minimum.
- No waxing or tinting in the treated area for three days before the procedure.
- No tanning for five days before your procedure. Do not come to your appointment sunburned.
- You may wear normal makeup to your appointment. However, I strongly suggest that you don't wear any eye makeup for eyeliner procedure.
- If you are on prescription drugs for high blood pressure or depression or having difficulty urinating because of an enlarged prostate gland (s)he confirm with her pharmacist that topical numbing agent containing Lidocaine 4-5% are not contra-indicated.
- No procedure on an empty stomach
- Flu shot: wait one week
- Observe all the above instructions.
- No eyelash tinting or curling two days before and two weeks after the procedure.
- Eyelash extensions must be completely gone
- Do not wear contact lenses during or immediately following the eyeliner procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing contact lenses as soon as your eyes heal.
- Discontinue the use of Latisse lash serum for four months prior to appointment.
- Observe all the general pre-care instructions.
- If you have any history of cold sores/fever blisters/herpes simplex, you will be required to contact your physician to obtain the proper prescription to prevent such outbreaks during the procedure. client can take Lysine from a health food store, Abreva from a pharmacy or Valtrex from a physician 2 days prior to and 4 days after a procedure.
- No chapped lips (needle gets snagged, more bleeding & touchups with extra fees
All permanent cosmetic procedures are multi-session processes. You will need to come back for at least one touch-up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. Touch-up visits are scheduled 1 to 3 months after the first visit.
Be prepared for the colour intensity of your procedure to be significantly sharper, brighter, or darker than what is expected for the final outcome. It will take time for this transition, based upon how quickly the outer layer of your skin exfoliates.
While these colours may initially simulate the exact colour and tone desired, they will not always remain a perfect match. pigmentation colours are constant, while your own skin colour will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun and circulatory changes. For example, if you tan your skin and had a scar camouflaged, your surrounding skin will be darker in appearance than the treated area.
(The treated area is an open wound, and can become infected easily if not taken care of properly)
DO NOT use any other ointments, creams or antibiotics on the area other than the ones that I give to you!
- No workouts for 48 hours post procedure
- No saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools, lakes or rivers for at least 2 weeks
- Avoid smoke, dust, dirt and debris for the first 7 days
- No sunbathing or tanning for at least 3-4 weeks
- No tinting, chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or botox for at least 3-4 weeks
- No makeup or cosmetics on treated area for at least 10 days
- DO NOT SCRATCH, ITCH, RUB, TOUCH or SLEEP on treated area while
What To Expect After Your Procedure
- It is possible to experience redness and swelling up to 48 hours after the procedure.
- The treated area will appear much darker and bold due to the oxidation process during the healing period.
- If the area is kept, a light pigment film (not thick scab) will appear after 4-7 days.
- As the area heals it will become dry and itchy.
- As the pigment film starts to flake off DO NOT pick, scratch, itch or pull off any of the areas which are peeling.
- Choosing to pick at flakes and peeling areas will pull out pigment, and result in spots left without any pigment or in some cases scarring.
- As the area continues to heal, a softer more natural result will be revealed underneath.
- Please note that within the first 6 weeks the amount of pigment that you see can seem very faint. It may seem like the pigment has been lost; please be advised that the skin regenerates the pigment and the healing process can in some cases kids the lines completely. You must allow the full healing time of 6 weeks to see the true colour and saturation.
After 6 weeks
Continue minimize sun exposure. A moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 is recommended to protect pigment from the suns’ rays.
Lasers on treated areas can cause the pigment to turn black. For laser hair removal near the mouth, Dr. Linda Dixon suggests covering the lips in toothpaste to prevent darkening of the colour.
Exfoliating & skin lightening products (chelmical peels, alpha & beta hydroxy acids, vitamin A cream, aka rein A promote pigment loss, so these products should be avoided on the treated area. If having an MRI, advise the health care worker of any permanent makeup procedure.